Heart-Healthy Foods

Fruits, Vegetables and Dietary Fibers - Great for Your Heart!

It is recommended to consume more dietary-fiber rich foods, particularly whole grains and legumes. Dietary fibers help lower the level of cholesterol in the blood, prevent constipation and balance the blood sugar levels. Dietary fibers have also been found to be connected to lowering blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Dietary-fiber rich foods include legume, oatmeal, whole wheat, brown rice, corn, and other whole wheat products.

Fruits and vegetables are a nutritional treasure! Many studies have shown that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables drastically lowers a person's risk of heart disease and hypertension. A person should incorporate 6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (serving = 100 g). Remember! Fruits contain calories.

If you regularly drink alcoholic beverages, limit your intake to one a day. The World Health Organizations recommends not consume any alcohol, although red wine is okay. There have been studies that show a correlation between alcohol consumption and breast cancer.